This weekend in Atlanta there are several family events to choose from. Make a lantern in preparation for the parade on the Beltline later this month; participate in free family crafts at MODA, or let the kids explore vehicles galore at Truck-a-Palooza.
A festival at Perimeter Mall focuses on all things barbecue, while you can get your fall decorating in full swing by stopping by the Indie Craft Experience’s fall market.
If a performance is more your speed, consider seeing a contemporary dance show by Watershed Dance Theatre, a new play at Aurora Theatre or a concert by Ben Harper at The Tabernacle.
When: Sept. 7 from 4 to 10 p.m., Sept. 8 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Perimeter Mall
Cost: Admission is free
What to Expect: This festival features over 60 professional teams and over 20 local/amateur teams. Attendees will vote on who has the best pulled pork on Saturday night, while Friday’s competitions will include a People’s Choice Chicken Wing contest and a “Kid Que” competition! There will also be live music, a beer garden, and TV’s all around showing football games.
When: Sept. 8 from 8 to 9 p.m.
Where: Emory University, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Cost: $15 to $25
What to Expect: “Moments” is a multi-media, contemporary dance performance by a company new to Atlanta. The show includes two original dance works choreographed by Watershed Dance Theatre artistic director Sarah Todd Emery.
When: Sept. 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Yaarab Temple, Atlanta
Cost: Free to $5
What to Expect: This one-day event features more than 60 craft, art and vintage vendors, a great selection of local food vendors, swag bags designed by Tracy Wagner of Tweet Design for the first 100 attendees, and DJ Zano!
When: Sept. 7 at 8 p.m.
Where: The Tabernacle
Cost: $35 to $50
What to Expect: Guitarist, songwriter, and bandleader Ben Harper enjoyed cult status on the jam band scene in the 1990s largely due to the success of his debut album, Welcome to the Cruel World, and its follow-up, Fight for Your Mind, before gaining wider attention near the decade’s end.
When: Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Town Center Mall
Cost: $5 per person, $20 maximum per family
What to Expect: This fun and educational event gives children of all ages the opportunity to explore police cars, SWAT trucks, fire rescue trucks, fire engines, heavy construction vehicles, dump trucks, front end loaders, military vehicles, a police helicopter and a mobile art truck.
When: Sept. 7 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Sept. 9 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Where: Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University
What to Expect: Get ready to participate in the Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade on Sept. 22 by attending one of these workshops to make your own lantern. These workshops take inspiration from the Museum’s current exhibit “Divine Felines: Cats of Egypt.” Friday’s event is geared toward adults, while Sunday’s session is suitable for families. Pre-registration is required >
When: Sept. 9 from 12 to 5 p.m.
Where: Museum of Design Atlanta
What to Expect: The second Sunday of each month families are invited to visit the museum free of charge and to participate in design and STEAM activities that are fun and educational. This Sunday marks the closing day for the current exhibition, “Making Change: The Art and Craft of Activism,” and this session is themed “Freak Flags & Craftivism.”
When: Sept. 7 through 30, Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Where: Aurora Theatre
Cost: $15 to $20
What to Expect: Written by Asian-American playwright Carla Ching of Fear the Walking Dead fame, the show follows the journey of two best friends falling in and out of love.